King Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, was ancient Egypt’s youngest Pharaoh being only nine years old. He was largely erased from history until his tomb was discovered in the early 1900s. His tomb and mummy continue to be studied today using high-tech tools.
Before he became a pharaoh, his father, Akhenaten, forced his people away from polytheism, the practice of worshiping more than one god. Instead, he had them worship Aton. However, when Akhenaten died, advisers influenced King Tut to change many of his father’s decisions. One of these changes was implemented through Egypt returning back to polytheism.
King Tutankhamun’s tomb was found by British archaeologist Howard Carter and his expedition team in 1922. This discovery gave scientists insight on how life was in ancient Egypt. The tomb contained over five thousand artifacts, in addition to variouswell-preserved mummies. King Tut’s tomb was formerly believed to have a hidden chamber containing the mummy of his mother, Queen Nefertiti. This was later debunked by scientists using radar testing.
After less than a decade of ruling, Tutankhamun died suddenly at the age of 19. Following his death, many thought that King Tut was assassinated, but others believed it was an accident. However, through the usage of modern technology and DNA testing, scientists found that King Tut most likely died from malaria or an infection.
Tutankhamen’s final resting place is somewhere in Luxor, Egypt. His chamber being underground kept him and his treasures safe from tomb raiders for thousands of years. This gave scientists the opportunity to study and further their knowledge on King Tut.
[Source: National Geographic]